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An Estimate of the Yield of Single-Transit Planetary Events from the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite

By SpaceRef Editor
May 4, 2018
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Steven Villanueva Jr., Diana Dragomir, B. Scott Gaudi
(Submitted on 2 May 2018)

We present a semi-analytic estimate of the expected yield of single-transit planets from the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). We use the TESS Candidate Target List 6 (CTL-6) as an input catalog of over 4 million sources. We predict that from the 200,000 stars selected to be observed with the high-cadence postage stamps with the highest CTL-6 priority, there will be 241 single-transit events caused by planets detectable at a signal-to-noise ratio of SNR$\ge7.3$. We find a lower limit of an additional 977 events caused by single-transit planets in the full frame images (FFI); this is a lower limit because the CTL-6 is incomplete below a TESS magnitude of $T>12$. Of the single-transit events from the postage stamps and FFIs, 1091/1218 will have transit depths deeper than 0.1%, and will thus be amenable for photometric follow-up from the ground, and 1195/1218 will have radial velocity signals greater than 1 m/s. We estimate that the periods of 146 single transits will be constrained to better than 10% using the TESS photometry assuming circular orbits. We find that the number of planets detected by TESS in the postage stamps with periods $P>25$ days will be doubled by including single-transiting planets, while the number of planets with $P>250$ days will be increased by an order of magnitude. We predict 79 habitable zone planets from single-transits, with 18 orbiting FGK stars.

Comments:    12 pages, 8 figures
Subjects:    Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP)
Cite as:    arXiv:1805.00956 [astro-ph.EP] (or arXiv:1805.00956v1 [astro-ph.EP] for this version)
Submission history
From: Steven Villanueva Jr. 
[v1] Wed, 2 May 2018 18:04:58 GMT (115kb)

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